Joseph Barry (real estate developer)
|Born||1940 (age 76–77)|
|Residence||Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey|
|Education||B.A. Rutgers University
J.D. Rutgers Law School
|Occupation||real estate developer|
|Known for||--co-founder of Applied Housing Companies
--founder of the Hudson Reporter
Lisa Barry Fleisher
|Parent(s)||Marion and Walter Barry|
|Family||Kyra Tirana Barry (daughter-in-law)|
Joseph Barry was born in 1940 to a Jewish family in New Jersey and raised in Newark, the son of Marion and Walter Barry. His father was a union organizer for the United Electrical Workers who started to develop low income housing in Newark after the 1967 Newark riots. Barry earned a B.A. In English from Rutgers University and graduated first in his class from Rutgers Law School.
Barry served as a clerk to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In the 1960s, he was associated with the left-wing Students for Democratic Society. In 1970, Barry and his father founded the Applied Housing Company. In 1971, Hoboken designated Applied Housing as their exclusive developer of Section 8 housing tasked with rehabilitating deteriorated buildings into affordable housing. Applied focused on renovating the existing housing stock rather than clearance and rebuild; they also believed in careful maintenance and management thereafter to preserve the stock. During the 1970s, Applied built and renovated thousands of units of affordable housing throughout New Jersey with a concentration in Hoboken, North Bergen, and Bayonne. The firm was given a great deal of credit for Hoboken's rebirth. In 1979, his father retired and Joseph Barry became president. He re-focused the company on constructing market-rate and luxury housing with a particular concentration on the Hoboken and Jersey City waterfronts including the $150 million, 1,160-unit Shipyard Development Project on Hoboken's waterfront; the 1,650 unit waterfront condominium community Port Liberté in Jersey City; and the 42-story luxury Palisades rental residence in Fort Lee, New Jersey. In 2001, Barry pleaded guilty to making five cash payments totaling $114,900 to former County Executive Robert Janiszewski to secure state and federal funding for the Shipyard project. Barry resigned from Applied Housing and handed the management of the now $108 million in sales company over to his two sons. Admitting guilt, Barry stated: "I made a terrible mistake. I take responsibility for it, and will get on with my life." Barry was sentenced to 25 months in federal prison, ordered to make $1 million in restitution payments, and fined $20,000. By 2004, Applied was the largest developer in Hoboken.
In 1983, Barry also founded the Hudson Reporter newspaper chain. He established Reporter newspapers in six other Hudson County towns: Jersey City, Weehawken, Secaucus, Union City, West New York and North Bergen. In 1999, he sold his share in the chain to minority partners and co-publishers David Unger and Lucha Malato. Despite being semi-retired, Barry remains committed to the urban redevelopment volunteering his time via his LinX Redevelopment company to rebuilding New Jersey's run-down cities with his latest focus on Passaic, New Jersey.
Barry is married to Gail H. Barry and lives in Peapack-Gladstone. They have three children: David Barry, Michael Barry, and Lisa Barry Fleisher who continue to run the company and its sister company, the Ironstate Development Company. His son David is married to Kyra Tirana Barry, Team Leader for the U.S. Woman's Wrestling Team that competed in the 2016 Olympic Games.
- Hudson Reporter: "Developer Joseph Barry pleads guilty Admits to $114,900 in illegal cash payments to former county exec" by Tom Jennemann June 25, 2004
- New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths BARRY, WALTER February 12, 2012
- Linx Redevelopment: "MY HISTORY LEADING TO LINX DEVELOPMENT retrieved July 22, 2014
- Fund for A Better Waterfront: "Hoboken developer Joe Barry targeted by federal investigators" September 2001
- Hudson Reporter: "leader passes on Walter Barry, who developed housing throughout Hoboken and beyond, passes away at 99" February 12, 2012
- New York Times: "2 More Indicted In Bribery Case In New Jersey" By RONALD SMOTHERS October 16, 2003
- Applied Development website: History retrieved July 22, 2014
- Conte, Michaelangelo (October 22, 2004). NJ.com: "BIG HOUSE FOR BARRY". NJ.com.
- LinX Development: "PASSAIC PROJECT". Linx Redevelopment. Retrieved July 22, 2014
- Ironstate Company website: "About Us". Ironstate Development Company. Retrieved July 22, 2014
- Burd, Joshua (September 17, 2012). New Jersey Biz: "An ironclad growth plan - Barry brothers make Ironstate a success by sticking to development strategy". NJBiz.
- Wall Street Journal: "Going to the Mat With a Gift" By Melanie Grayce West March 16, 2011
- Burd, Joshua (December 22, 2014). "The builders: The Barry brothers are changing skylines and perceptions". NJBIZ.
- Marino, Vivian (May 26, 2011). "David Barry". The New York Times.
- Abbott, Gary (April 13, 2016). "Kyra Barry named USA Wrestling Woman of the Year". Team USA Wrestling.